0skunkbaitBest Answer 11 years ago Tracking is a learned skill. It takes years of practice, but a few tips should get you up and going. My youngest son is better than I am. I taught him everything I know, but he puts it into practice almost daily. I only play at it a few times a year. 1) Get out and just watch animals. All animals have different habits and patterns. Some go by sight, others by hearing, and others by smell. Usually, it's a combination of the three. 2) If at all possible, get to know your area first. Look for trails and paths which are frequently used by the animals. This will give you early clues to which direction they may have taken. 3) Get to know what different animal prints, hair, and poop looks like. 4) Learn to estimate time passage. A fresh track will have no leaves or twigs on top of it. A very fresh track (in mud) will have no water in it. A fresh pile of poop will be soft. A very fresh pile of poop will be warm. 5) Move (fairly) slowly and deliberately. If the animal flees from you, you will probably never get close to it (except maybe rabbits and birds). If you make noise, you will be heard. If you flail around, you will be seen. If you break a sweat, you will be smelled (smelt?). 6) Continually scan your surroundings. Look for lines and colours which look out of place. 7) Listen. Everytime you stop walking, listen for at least 30 seconds (or up to 4 or 5 minutes). Animals make noises too, so use this to your favour. I even listen for animals which I am not tracking. Sometimes a deer will spook a turkey, or a turkey will annoy a squirrel (seriously). 8) Pay attention to the wind. If at all possible (sometimes it's not an option), try to track them while they are up-wind. These are just some of the basics. There are plenty of exceptions to most of these rules too. But in general, if you start this way, and learn as you go, you'll have a pretty good chance at getting up close and personal with your prey.